I'm sure there are teams with more pressure than mine, maybe the product teams, but I think it's great. I work 8-9 hours a day, so does my manager. One thing I really like compared to Google is how open people are to letting people not in their team work on their codebase if something needs to get done, so there's not so much waiting for PMs and managers to approve the thing that's blocking you.
I was at Google for about three years. There are some other obvious differences, like design docs and starting new projects, that I can talk about if you're interested.
Perks and benefits are good but not Google. I miss going out to play soccer with my team. But the food is pretty good, nobody cares if you work from home, my health insurance is fine...
Pay I have no idea. I joined about a year and a half ago and even with the ass kicking we've taken recently the stock is still triple what it was when I joined, so I'm very well paid, but I don't know what the comp is like for new hires.
I started with "Pay is less than google at initial offer". So no it's not. But also consider that Goog only has 100% in 3 years, effectively no gain YTD. You can't just throw out company growth blindly and only look at initial offer.
Our restaurants, retail, and cash have teams in NYC. It's a nice office, very quiet. Pay band is the same in NYC as SF.
They don't have a cafeteria but you get up to $15 expensible for lunch everyday (tax fringe benefit though so you pay ~35% of the price). Which is amazing and let's you get a full meal in the city for lunch.